Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health has approved the Pfizer and BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use, Qatar state news agency QNA reported on Twitter.
Qatar is due to receive the first shipment of the vaccine produced by Pfizer Inc and BioNTech on Monday.
On COVID-19 cases, Mexico’s confirmed death toll surpasses 118,200
Mexico’s health ministry has reported 6,870 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 326 more fatalities, bringing the country’s totals to 1,320,545 cases and 118,202 deaths.
The government says the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases.
South Korea reports 926 new cases
South Korea has reported 926 new coronavirus cases, the Korea Disease Control and PreventionAgency said, down from a record high 1,097 the day before.
The recent surge in cases has confounded efforts to contain it and the country is running short of hospital beds, prompting debate over whether the government should impose stricter social distancing measures.
China reports 23 new cases vs 23 a day earlier
Mainland China has recorded 23 new Covid-19 cases on December 20, the same number of cases from the previous day, said the country’s health authority on Monday.
The National Health Commission said in its daily bulletin that 21 of the new cases were imported. The two local transmissions were in the northeastern provinces of Liaoning and Heilongjiang.
Additionally, 15 asymptomatic cases were reported on December 20, down from 10 the previous day. China does not include asymptomatic patients in its total confirmed case list.
Mainland China has now reported an accumulated total of 86,852 coronavirus cases, with 4,634 deaths.
Brazil reports 25,445 cases
Brazil has reported 25,445 new coronavirus cases, the Health Ministry said, although it cautioned that published numbers were missing figures from Sao Paulo state due to technical issues.
Deaths rose by 408, although those numbers also missed figures from Sao Paulo, Brazil’s most-populous state.